cyperus esculentus


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Related to cyperus esculentus: Cyperus rotundus, Cyperus longus, Emex australis
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chufa

chufa

This amazing plant isn’t really a grass, but it looks like grass. (It’s a form of sedge) What makes this plant famous is the underground edible “nuts” (actually root tubers), a food source for ancient Egyptians and Arabs, now grown everywhere from Spain to California. Slightly sweet, nutty caramel-like flavor and texture. Soak before eating to soften. Very high in healthy fats and fatty acids similar to olives! The oil is actually very similar to olive oil. More nutritious than peanuts. Great source of healthy carbs for energy and also used as milk replacement. Considered a strong aphrodisiac. High in fiber so it helps constipation. Great for stress, fertility, liver, heart, stomach, menstrual, mouth, gums, ulcers. Used for breast lumps and cancer, endometriosis, fibroids, hernia, prostate, prolapsed colon, diuretic, cholesterol, atherosclerosis, anti-inflammatory, strong anti-oxidant, improve eyesight, digestion, promotes uterine contractions during childbirth. OK for diabetics. Considered an invasive weed because it takes over yards and gardens, even if one tuber is left in ground. Stems are triangular, distinctive flowers have clusters of flat, oval golden seeds, surrounded by 4 thin “leaf” spikes, 90 degrees from each other. Do not take while pregnant because it promotes uterine contractions.
Edible Plant Guide © 2012 Markus Rothkranz
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However, Cyperus esculentus plants were only reported in the direct sowing system (Table 2), a fact that may result from the vegetative propagation of this species.
In Study 2, the following weeds were identified: Oryza sativa, barnyard grass (Echinochloa spp.), goosegrass [Eleusine indica (L.) Gaertn.] and Panicum maximum (Poaceae Family); rice flatsedge (Cyperus iria L.) and Cyperus esculentus (Cyperaceae family); joint vetch (Aeschynomene denticulata Rudd.) (Fabaceae family); and alligator weed [Alternanthera philoxeroides (Mart.) Griseb] (Amaranthaceae family).
In the first season (1993), abundant species included flower-of-an-hour (Hibiscus trionum L.), nut-sedge (Cyperus esculentus L.), and yellow foxtail (Setaria glauca (L.) P.
[4.] Watt K and B Breyer-Brandwijk Entry of Cyperus esculentus in Africa In: The useful plants of west tropical Africa Linn 365:373 1962.
[5.] Rita ES The use of tiger-nut (Cyperus esculentus), cow milk and their composite as substrates for yoghurt production.
[7.] Kelley JR Biomass production of chufa (Cyperus esculentus) in a seasonally flooded Wetland.
[9.] Oderinde RA and OA Tairu Evaluation of the properties of yellow nuts-edge (Cyperus esculentus) tuber oil.
Patch expansion of purple nutsedge (Cyperus rotundus) and yellow nutsedge (Cyperus esculentus) with or without polyethylene mulch.
Description of on purple and yellow nutsedge(Cyperus rotundus and Cyperus esculentus).